July 9, 1932 - May 24, 2021
Yakima, Washington - Pearl Bolinski Penning, 88, passed away on May 24, 2021, with her family by her side.
She was born to Mike and Stella Bolinski, July 9, 1932 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. While working in Calgary, Pearl met and then married Donald (Fred) Penning in 1952, becoming a U.S. citizen that same year. She was extremely proud of both her Canadian heritage and her U.S. citizenship.
Pearl traveled the world as part of a military family for many years before settling in Tacoma, WA. She is survived by four children: Jim (Cathy), Donald Jr. [Steven] (Linda), Charlene (Larry), and Rick (Marlene), as well as her dearest sister-in-law, Marlene Osborne Brandt who she loved like a sister of birth. Pearl is also lovingly remembered by 15 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband in 2012, as well as her father, mother, siblings, and her son-in-law—Jimmy Meeks.
Pearl was devoted to the Lord above all—a true believer. Her passion for Jesus was intricately woven through every part of her life. She was also a proud military wife, serving and sacrificing alongside her husband for many years. Pearl held varying administrative jobs around the world and at home, but she was a Mom first and always. Her green thumb made her gardens the envy of her neighbors and she loved playing games around the dining room table with her grandkids—never letting them win when they didn't earn it. Of all her travels, her time in Israel meant the most to Pearl, leaving a lasting imprint on her heart as well as the hearts of her children and grandchildren.
A special thank you to the caring staff at Brookdale of Yakima as well as Heartlink Hospice and Mountain View Home Health of Yakima. In her last few years, Pearl's caretakers lovingly did for her what she couldn't do for herself. It made all the difference—her angels on earth—and she loved them dearly.
Viewing ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 12:00 at Fir Lane Funeral Home in Spanaway, WA. The service will follow at 1:00. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Greater Life Ministries Fellowship in Lubas, Philippines. Send a check to Paul Swaw Greater Life Ministries at 6051 9th Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33542.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on May 30, 2021.